Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth’s Dunn becomes Great Britain’s most successful athlete at the Tokyo Paralympics

PLYMOUTH’S Reece Dunn became Paralympics GB’s most decorated athlete in Tokyo on Thursday by winning a fifth medal at the Games.

Dunn took bronze in the men’s S14 backstroke final with a 59.97 second swim.

It followed on from winning gold medals in the 200m freestyle, 200m IM and mixed relay event and a silver in the 100m butterfly final.

It means the Paralympic Games debutant has won more medals in Tokyo than any other Great Britain athlete across all sports.

“That’s awesome,” he said when told of his achievement. “I didn’t know that, that’s amazing.

“I’m very pleased with this race, I think that equalled my personal best as well. It’s been a long couple of weeks, so I was a bit tired going into it – but it was a solid swim.

The backstroke event was the weakest of Dunn’s events in Tokyo.

“I looked at the programme and saw it was at the end, so I got all my main events out the way, and it was just a fun event for me really,” he said.

“I decided not to put any pressure on it, and just enjoy myself.”

The 25-year-old admits his success in Japan has still not sunk in. However, he expects it will do when he returns this weekend to Plymouth.

His family are now planning a party for his return.

“It’s my birthday and it’s my girlfriend’s birthday in two weeks, so it’ll be a celebration of everything when I get home,” he said.

Dunn plans to take some time off when he returns to Devon before turning his attention to next year’s Commonwealth Games.

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